An Afghan soldier shot dead a U.S. Marine in the southern province of Helmand, the latest in a series of incidents that have raised tensions between local and foreign troops.
The Afghan army soldier opened fire at close range as he and the Marine guarded a joint operating base at about 12:30 a.m. today, General Sayed Malook, a corps commander based in Helmand, said by phone. The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, confirmed one of its soldiers was shot dead by an individual wearing an Afghan uniform.
The Taliban have claimed in the past to have infiltrated Afghan forces to carry out attacks on international troops or government officials. Malook said the Afghan soldier had been taken into custody and had told investigators that the killing was not deliberate.
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